Atletico Madrid vs Real Betis predictions and match preview for Saturday’s LaLiga match. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Atleti bid to bounce back from a heavy European defeat.
- DATE: Saturday 24th October 2020
- KICK-OFF: 21:00 (local time)
- VENUE: Wanda Metropolitano
- COMPETITION: LaLiga
Atletico Madrid vs Real Betis Preview
Two sides who suffered heavy defeats in their last games clash at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday. With the Clasico taking place earlier in the day, Atletico Madrid will be determined to pick up maximum points here to ensure they stay above at least one of the ‘big two’ but it won’t necessarily be straight forward against an unpredictable Betis side.
Atleti’s 4-0 defeat in Munich in midweek was their joint heaviest loss under Diego Simeone – equalling the margin of their defeat in Dortmund, also in the Champions League, two years ago. Up against a genuinely outstanding Bayern side, the loss was to some extent to be expected, although the manner of it will concern Atleti fans who are not used to seeing their team rolled over in such fashion.
In LaLiga, it has been a mixed start for Los Rojiblancos with two wins and two draws so far. They were 2-0 winners in Vigo last time out, a big improvement on their previous home game where they failed to even register a shot on target against Villarreal.
As for Betis, they look like they are going to be a team that will blow hot and cold this season. They suffered two 3-0 defeats within the space of three games – losing to Getafe and Real Sociedad. However sandwiched in between those losses was an excellent 2-0 win at Valencia and they do have players who seem to enjoy the big occasion.
Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping the impressive surroundings of the Wanda Metropolitano will spark a positive reaction from his team and with in-form Sergio Canales on the pitch, they do have the kind of quality that could potentially break down this usually resilient Atleti defence.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 4 Atletico Wins, 1 Betis Win, 1 Draw.
- The last 4 meetings in Madrid have produced a grand total of just 3 goals.
- Those goals all came in 1-0 Atleti wins while Betis drew 0-0 on their first visit to the Wanda Metropolitano in April 2018.
- Atleti beat Betis home and away last season.
Saul is still a doubt for Atleti, and the same goes for Jose Gimenez. Diego Simeone may resist the urge to risk either man with an important game against Salzburg to come in just three days in the UCL.
Emerson is Betis’ main injury concern heading into this game, meaning Martin Montoya may get the nod at right-back.
Predicted Atletico Madrid Starting Lineup:
Oblak – Lodi, Felipe, Savic, Trippier – Vitolo, Koke, Torreira, Correa – Suarez, Felix (4-4-2)
Predicted Real Betis Starting Lineup:
Bravo – Moreno, Bartra, Mandi, Montoya – Rodriguez, Carvalho – Joaquin, Canales, Fekir – Sanabria (4-2-3-1)
Atletico Madrid vs Real Betis Predictions
Score Prediction: Atletico Madrid 2-1 Real Betis
Atleti will be wounded by what happened in Munich and they’ll be determined to bounce back. This is still a Betis side that is prone to defensive errors and Atleti should win the game but the visitors will fancy they can ask a few questions of their hosts and they may get on the scoresheet too.
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